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Silence Was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin's Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union

Cathy A Frierson


Roughly ten million children were victims of political repression in the Soviet Union during the Stalinist era, the sons and daughters of peasants, workers, scientists, physicians, and political leaders considered by the regime to be dangerous to the political order. Ten grown victims, who as children suffered banishment, starvation, disease, anti-Semitism, and trauma resulting from their parents' condemnation and arrest, now freely share their stories. The result is a powerful and moving oral history that will profoundly deepen the reader's understanding of life in the U.S.S.R. under the desp ... More

Keywords: political repression, Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Stalinist era, starvation, anti-Semitism, U.S.S.R.

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300179453
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathy A Frierson, author
University of New Hampshire

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